A couple of months ago, I blogged about the Path to Citizenship negotiations and noted the paucity of information relating to a deadline for illegal immigration. The status of that situation changed 180% today – i.e., instead of no information, we are presented a fait accompli. So much for transparency.
According to an article in the NY Times, the Gang of Eight have agreed on a January 1, 2011 deadline. Illegal immigrants who came to the United States after the deadline will not be given a path to citizenship. This is apparently a compromise between the Democrats in the Gang, who preferred January 1, 2013, and Marco Rubio, who preferred an unspecified earlier date, although the Times article suggests that the compromise was a victory for Rubio.
When I first started writing on this subject, I suggested an earlier date, too, but the political landscape was changed by the presidential election, and the proposed deadline now seems reasonable.